Leather Home Accessories Workshop

Beautiful and practical leather home accessories.


Come and experience the absorbing and tactile world of Leather-work. Using traditional skills and techniques you will create your own unique item taking it from raw material to finished piece.

Tuition is delivered by Master Saddler and Leather Artisan Karen Ellis at her workshop in rural Aberdeenshire.

Workshops are run in small groups of around four, which allows for lots of individual attention, while providing a chance for shared inspiration and encouragement and a great creative vibe!

Suitable for beginners who would like an insight into the world of leather-working and the more experienced crafter who is keen to try a new skill.

During our day together you will:

-Make a plant pot holder and valet tray;
-Work with traditional veg tanned or bridle leather;
-Choose from a selection of soft, coloured, textured and patent leathers for added design elements;
-Learn how to use templates;
-Gain a basic understanding of and practice using various leather-working tools such as knives, punches and edgers;
-Learn to mould and shape leather;
-Learn traditional saddle stitching with two needles;
-Learn how to attach metal and leather fittings.

Leave with beautiful and practical leather home accessories that will add a design factor to your home.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Includes all materials, tea, coffee and biscuits.

Students should bring a packed lunch.


Karen Ellis at Karmarell


Knaggan Croft, Blair,
AB21 0JL

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Pet lovers
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


8 hours (flexible times to suit)

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22nd January 2022

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In-person course
Rosie MacRae - - #20386

Totally energised after a superb day learning really cool new leathercraft skills, using new tools I didn't know existed, meeting lovely people, being fed wonderful pancakes and soup and coming home with THE most expert looking valet tray. Wish I could have stayed with Karen for a week to learn more - a fabulous day that I'd highly recommend. I'll definitely be back in the future - Thank you so much Karen!

In-person course
Doreen Duffin - - #16619

Had a lovely time crafting my valet tray under the expert guidence of Karen while enjoying the company of fellow crafters. Would thoroughly recommend attending a course or if you are looking for something different for a gift

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